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Blood Countess

(Lady Slayers)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  120 reviews
A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula

In 16th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Harry N. Abrams
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Did somebody say “a dark horror book based on Elizabeth Bathory a.k.a. “Blood Countess”? And I’m not dreaming right? This book is on my shelf! My fairy God mothers a.k.a. Amazing NetGalley crew left this special gift for me! (My second favorite fairy godmothers! First one is always Olivia Colman from Fleabag!) So what am I waiting for? Get your hands on it and start flipping pages!

I literally danced in the street, singing theme song. And I got a ticket from a police officer (he didn’t get
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Dec 04, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Candace Robinson
Did someone say blood? ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Deathless Girls + And I Darken
true rating: 3.5 stars

I received an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This story is darkkkk, but very intriguing - and started out really strong! I LOVED the MC Anna’s storyline with her family and apprenticeship under her mother as a midwife and healer. From there tragedy strikes Anna’s family and she winds up working as a scullery maid under the Countess Elizabeth. The Countess was really intriguing and layered, and the budding relationship between the two
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I feel like I kept waiting for something big to happen, and it never really did. About halfway through, I thought maybe, but it just kind of "blahed" out. I know this is YA book, but I was expecting more gore, more suspense, more of everything. Decent read
From synopsis:

A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula.

Y'all know I am ready for this one! Thank you so much, Amulet Books, for my ARC!!!

Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blood Countess by Lana Popovic is a YA horror novel about Elizabeth Bathory, aka history's Blood Countess. Honestly, that's entirely what sold me. I was really into the first perhaps fifty percent of the novel, especially as we meet and follow Anna's journey - and yes, she does some awful things to get what she wants. The second half though became quite boring. I suppose I was expecting more in terms of horror, blood, and guts
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book just really worked for me from start to finish. It was creepy and tense and sexy and dark, and most importantly (to me) well told. I've always been fascinated by Elizabeth Bathory but even so, I couldn't tell exactly where this book was going and that meant the tension pulled me along at a break-neck pace, straight through heaps of sinister atmosphere.

If you don't like reading about moral ambiguity, people doing bad things, people making bad decisions, then you probably won't like
☾ h a d e e r ☽
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-horror
oh my god, 13 year old me, who was so obsessed with elizabath bathory she wrote an entire report on her for english class (a report that landed her in the guidance counselor's office) is so excited right now
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was honestly really excited to dive into Blood Countess. It was interesting in the beginning, but then I slowly started to lose my interest in it. In this book, you will meet Anna Darvulia. She lives in Hungary as a healer of sorts. On her way home one day, after saving a little kitten from being tortured, she runs into the new Countess - Elizabeth. From this one moment, her life was forever changed.

Okay so I had high
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Thanks to Amulet Books & Pique Beyond for the ARC!

This was a quick read and I must say, I was quite invested with the story. The history of the Countess Báthory is... intriguing, but disturbing, and this novel does capture that perfectly.

Blood Countess is narrated by a sixteen-year-old healer whose life before working for the Countess was hard thanks to the abusive father who only doted on his sons, and not on his wife or daughters. Living in abuse and the unfairness
Amy Imogene Reads
Oct 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula???


Thank you to Amulet Books via NetGalley for an ARC of this tile in exchange for an honest review.
“For all the gold and silver in her coffers, in some ways the countess is just like me. A woman, with a man’s cruel hand around her wrist.”
-Lana Popovic, Author of Blood Countess

First Sentence:

Sarvar, Hungary – May 8, 1575 The day our Lord Nadasdy weds the countess, the sky above us is the color of bleached bone.

It’s the late 1500’s and Anna Darvulia is a highly skilled healer in her Hungarian village, learning by her mother’s side how to tend to the ill with herbs gathered by moonlight. Anna
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
ngl i don't have much faith in this, but it's set in my country so i'll be reading it anyways
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as wishlist
Countess Bathory!

A new book about Elizabeth Bathory! Do you know how giddy this makes me? Do you know that I NEED to have a copy in my hands now. She was one of my many obsessions. GIMMEEEEEEE!

Take my money!!!
Jun 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: excited
god please let this be gay please let this be gay x100
K.S. Marsden
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fed up with her violent father and lack of prospects, Anna seeks a new kind of freedom, under the employ of Countess Elizabeth Báthory. The two young women will soon make a mark in history.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anna is following in the footsteps of her midwife mother, learning all she can about healing and medicine. But Anna has a further gift, and has to ignore the taunts of "witch" behind her back.
Her father is the village drink, and has a foul
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have long been fascinated by the story of Elizabeth Bathory so I was excited to read this book. In Blood Countess we follow Anna who after a chance meeting with the Countess Bathory becomes her chambermaid, companion and later her lover allowing her to support her mother and siblings. Anna is enthralled by Elizabeth and becomes a little obsessed with her which allows her to turn a blind eye to her cruel ways. But as the story progresses Elizabeth’s behaviour grows even worse and Anna becomes ...more
Kayla Brunson
I was so excited to see a book about Elizabeth Bathory. She was a person that I couldn’t read enough about back when I was around 15. However, I wasn’t a big fan of this book.

It started off great but what made this such a drag for me was the execution of everything. I never liked Elizabeth at any point in this book. I know that she’s a villain and a bad person, but she had nothing to make her seem extraordinary and that’s what I was looking for. Anna was okay, but she was super naive. So many
Stacy Fetters
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
"You will burn in hell for this, you wicked bitch, you vile abomination. You are even worse than her.
If I do, I trust you will be there before me, ready to show me all the sights."

Elizabeth Báthory (Countess Dracula) is an intriguing woman. She’s one of the most prolific female serial killers with a purported six hundred and fifty victims. She believed that drinking their blood and bathing in it would help to look and feel younger. She was a woman who knew what she wanted and went after it.

Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Amulet Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

This is one of those books that gets so dark and twisted and messed up sometimes, you start to question yourself if you should really be enjoying it and binge reading it on Thanksgiving instead of that adorable and fluffy contemporary you have next up
Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was just the kind of book I needed to refresh the palette - succinct, fluid read with engaging linear narrative and a single point of view. There was nothing extraneous to fluff up the chapters. Just pure simple entertainment from start to finish.

Anna is a poor village girl whisked away to become a chambermaid to the ruthless Countess Elizabeth Blathory in hopes of making enough money to feed her starving family. The task proves to be more than she bargained for, as she quickly learns of
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Full review to follow - Started amazing but the last part of the book did not pick up as well - lost my attention and lacked the excitement the first part of the book had.
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

From the synopsis to the characters, my expectations for this read was very high. Were they met? Sorta kinda but not really. There were certainly a few elements that could've been improved to make this a worthwhile read such as the ending. The epilogue to some extent was fine (despite me hoping something between Anna and her childhood friend Peter would lead somewhere) but leading up to it, the finale was lackluster and the anticipation of what could happen next quickly diminish. Sadly
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
Colleen Corgel
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow this was pretty darn good! I love a good fiction about historical figures that inspired fiction. In this case, we follow along with sixteen year old Anna Darvulia as she is swept up by the dangerous charisma of the Countess Bathory in sixteenth century Hungary. Anna is a bit of a village pariah due to her father being the local drunk and her and her mother being the village herbalists. Anna, especially, is uniquely talented as the village's pair of healers. Because of this, the Countess ...more
Jan farnworth
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This ended up being a 3 star read for me as i like the whole premise and did read through to the end but it was toted as a horror novel so maybe i just expected it to more dark then it was. I got to the part about half way through where she kills the husband thinking the mistress will love her and happily ever after. Then things just got weird and I grew bored with the whole story. The story was very predictable and just think that it was more the way the author choose to relate the events. I ...more
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
”My hands clenched into fists, nails biting into palms, because here she is again, resurfaced. Dark Elizabeth, the shadow twin fueled by a furnace of choler. The other face that I have come to fear so well.”

Blood Countess was an interesting read, that had a slower pace than expected and an ending I didn’t really love. However, it was at times, fascinating, and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure what would happen to Anna in the brink of Elizabeth’s manipulations and for that I still
I received a free galley of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

WARNING: This book is very graphic. It contains extreme violence and murder. This book is NOT for the faint of heart.

A while ago I read a fictional book about Elizabeth Bàthory and upon discovering she was a real person and not just a fictional monster I became fascinated with the Countess, so when I saw this book available on Netgalley I requested
Bitchin' Reads
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh the depravity. The wickedness. The gruesome acts of violence. This was quite a bloody read and I enjoyed each page.
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Lana Popović's debut YA contemporary fantasy, WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE, was published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in August 2017. Lana studied psychology and literature at Yale University, and law at Boston University. She is a graduate of the Emerson College Publishing and Writing program and works as a literary agent with Chalberg & Sussman, specializing in YA.

She lives in Boston,
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